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25th USHA Hall of Fame Event

TUCSON -- Ashley Moler completed a dominant weekend of handball on Sunday, winning the Women's Classic over Tracy Davis, 21-11, 21-16.  Moler not only matched Davis' commanding front court game, she also forced her opponent back with timely defensive shots to the difficult corners of the exhibition court.  This play allowed Moler to build leads through both games that Davis ultimately couldn't overcome; although, she did make a late push in the second game before falling short.  The win marked the first Women's Classic title for Tucson's Moler.    

In the WPH R48Pro LTE final, Daniel Cordova stopped David Fink's incredible run in Tucson, winning 15-9, 15-6.  Cordova's amazing talent was on full display, showing why he's one of the pro tour's biggest rising stars.  Fink held an early lead to open the match, but Cordova immediately answered and kept constant pressure on his opponent.  Fink made an exceptional effort to keep the games close, only to have Cordova slam the door with a kill or a will-timed pass.  

The day was not lost for Fink as he recovered quickly after his pro final to take his first Masters (40-plus) Singles title, defeating Adam Zimet in two games.  In other Masters Singles action, Emmett Peixoto took the 35-plus title over Fausto Castro, and Marcos Chavez won the 45-plus crown by defeating Raul Jasso.  

Chris Tico defeated Ryan Grossenbacher in the 50-plus final.  Phil Kirk won the 60-plus title over Lloyd Garcia.  Glenn Carden held off Greg Sizemore's rally to win the 65-plus division.  Merv Deckert outlasted Ed Campbell in a tiebreaker for the 70-plus crown.  Jim Ward topped Jim Smith in the 75-plus final, and Norm Young took home the 80-plus title over Mike Lundy.

In Hall of Fame action, two of handball's rising stars won singles titles to add to their growing collection of hardware.  David Sanchez III edged Dylan Key in the Men's A final, and Andres Cordova stopped Ashton Steadman in the Men's B division.  

A special Thank You to all our event sponsors and volunteers.  Thank you to the WPH's Dave Vincent and David Fink for their work in bringing the top pros to Tucson for the R48Pro LTE event (read the WPH wrap-up and coverage HERE), and thank you to all the players who traveled to play the best game on the planet: Handball! 

Next season's Women's Classic will be held in conjunction with the Milwaukee Classic in December.   

See the draws and final results on the tournament's R2sports site HERE.  

 


2018 Decatur recipient Kelly Albers presents the Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award to Kristen Hughes.

TUCSON -- Saturday's action set the table for an exciting Championship Sunday for all of the divisions in the 25th USHA Hall of Fame event.  The day's action wrapped up with a celebration at the USHA Headquarters and Handball Hall of Fame.  Kristen Hughes was awarded the 2019 Marty Decatur Sportsmanship Award by last year's recipient Kelly Albers.  The award honors the player who exhibits tremendous goodwill on and off the court making the tournament a better experience for anyone they have a chance to meet or play.   

In the WPH R48Pro LTE, David Fink and Sean Lenning split two somewhat lopsided games in the first semifinal, setting up an exciting tiebreaker decider for the first spot in the final.  Lenning continued to zip the ball around the court, keeping Fink off balance with incredible hooks and ball movement on his serve.  Fink countered with dazzling athleticism, keeping rallies alive with incredible gets and capitalizing on any mistakes his opponent would offer.  Lenning controlled the tiebreaker early, leading 9-5, only to see his lead evaporate as Fink finished the match with a 10-2 scoring run to win, 15-1, 6-15, 15-11.  Fink will also play in the Masters Singles final against Adam Zimet.  

In the other semifinal, brothers Daniel and Luis Cordova put on an amazing match for the fans at the Tucson Racquet Club, showing why they've been two of the tour's top finishers this season.  Through two spirited games, Daniel found more scoring opportunities to edge his older sibling, winning 15-11 and 15-11 to face Fink in Sunday's 11 a.m. final.

In Women's Classic action, 2017 champion Tracy Davis answered Kristen Hughes' upset bid with a series of passes and kills to advance to the final, 21-9, 21-15.  Hughes put together a string of points by engaging Davis in long rallies, hoping to tire the top seed and set up offensive opportunities.  Davis not only showed incredible conditioning, she unleashed her powerful service game to finish the match.  

A rematch of the 2015 Women's Classic final between Ashley Moler and Jennifer Schmitt took place in the other semifinal.  Schmitt rolled to a victory that year, and she looked poised to make a return to the this year's final by showing off a solid game that won her numerous national crowns.  Moler has shown constant improvement since that tournament, and on Saturday she turned the tables against Schmitt, playing aggressively throughout the match earning a 21-6, 21-17 victory.  She'll face Davis in the Women's Classic final.  Schmitt and Hughes will battle in the third place match. 

In the Masters Singles, top seeds ruled the day with the exception of the 55-plus and 80-plus divisions.  Steve Roberts of Salt Lake City continued his flawless play, edging top seed Paul Pfannenstiel 21-6, 21-16 to advance to the final where he'll face William Cervantes of Albuquerque.  Elsewhere, Mike Lundy (Colorado Springs) edged Ed Grossenbacher in an 11-10 tiebreaker to advance to the 80-plus final.  He'll meet Norm Young who also advanced with a tiebreaker win.  

See the draws and today's results HERE.  

 


TUCSON --  The Annual USHA Hall of Fame Event celebrates handball by honoring the game's history and celebrating today's top players.  What better way to mark the 25th anniversary of the tournament by featuring the Women's Classic, National Masters Singles and the WPH R48Pro LTE!  

The atmosphere was electric at the Tucson Racquet Club on Friday as top players battled throughout the day in first and second round action.  All the top seeds in the Women's Classic bracket advanced, including Tracy Davis, the 2017 Women's Classic Champ the last time it was held in Tucson.  Davis also put on a tremendous show in the Masters, pushing No. 2 seed Raul Jasso through two exciting games before falling 21-19, 21-11.


Jeff Streibig (St. Louis) extends for a return against Sean Lenning (Tucson) in the WPH R48Pro LTE.

In WPH's R48Pro LTE event, Jeff Streibig of St. Louis put forth a spirited effort against top seed Sean Lenning, almost playing the roll of spoiler on Lenning's home court.  Streibig took game one, 15-10 and was up in the second before Lenning stormed back to force a third set by the identical score.  While Lenning usually owns the crowd in Tucson, the gallery cheered Streibig's tremendous physical effort and impressive shot execution.  Lenning ultimately settled in to advance to the quarterfinals, 10-15, 15-10, 15-5. 

The rest of the Hall of Fame events resumed on Friday, setting up Saturday semifinals.  

See the draws with today's results HERE.  

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT RECEIVED BY OUR TOURNAMENT SPONSORS: 

Fred Banfield
Charlie Wicker
Kevan Del Grande
Tom Sove
Joe Driscoll
Andy Onate
Richard Kimble
Doug Clark
Steve Sheldon
John Stalder
Ron Deriana
Brian Wessel
Paul Flasch   
Ron Kroll
Ken Hartnett
Don Wharton
Jack Herbst  
Larry Lenning
Leo Carrillo
Joel O'Connor
Jeff Healam
Bob Henry

 


Tucson's longtime tourney directors Charlie Wicker and Vince San Angelo get an assist from University of Arizona freshman Kena Byrd-Jackson on Thursday afternoon.
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